Shaker is probably 3 or 4 years old and looks like she may have had her neck
broken. She has to lie down to eat and drink water and her rear legs
are stiff when she walks. Despite this she is an unbelievable fighter
when it comes to defending the pack. We have concluded that she is the
alpha female. At first we thought it was Bell because she seemed to be
the enforcer and disciplinarian of Pekoe and the pups. It became clear
though that Shaker is the brains of the group. Our 2nd day with them
after all 3 adults obediently dropped out of a dogfight they were winning,
they heeled between us and the water, to avoid fighting with the dog who
wanted to continue the fight. We continued down the beach to a
restaurant. When there worried, that the waiters might drive the dogs
away if they recognized them as the wild dogs from down the beach, we told
them to lie down. Shaker and Bell dropped down immediately, but Bruno
the big male was too proud and just stood there quietly. Shaker crept
forward half-crouched, barred her teeth and gently pecked Bruno on the neck
and wouldn't you know it...Bruno dropped too! I am still aghast ever
time I think of that...it was as if she was saying "look we have a good
thing going here with these nice people, let's not blow it".
Unfortunately she is pregnant and summer is coming with fewer tourists to
feed them and we're worried she won't survive the births with her injuries.
Bell who we originally called Bossdog
(we believe now that she is Bruno and Shaker's mother) keeps well-fed.
A Canadian had her spayed last winter and kept three pups (black Whippet
versions of Baby and Sandy). She loves attention, as do all the dogs,
but is a bit more starved for it as she isn't as cute as the pups. She
has the best chance of surviving as should Bruno, but I'm worried that a guy
here is looking to capture him for the dogfight circuit.
7 months later - We came back to Tecolote at the
end of the summer to see how the dogs were doing. At first we could
find no sign of them, then we heard that an old man had moved in on the hill
near the beach and adopted Bell and Shaker. We went over and as we got
out of the vehicle they ran out and welcomed us. Bell jumped up and
wrapped her paws around my waist, buried her head in my side and hugged me
the way a child does. I've never seen a dog do that.
The old Man Jesus had several stories about them.
They had cornered a large rattlesnake under his bench until he killed
it. Bell got a bone shard stuck deep in the roof of her mouth and came
running to Jesus yelping, then stood quietly with her mouth open while he
removed it. Even he was amazed to see a dog do that.
Shaker had one pup left from her litter when Jesus rescued
them from starvation. The rest were thought to be adopted.